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Indiana Archaeology Month starts Sept. 1

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:25 pm

Hoosier history buffs can meet archaeologists and learn about the state’s fascinating past during Indiana Archaeology Month in September.

Archaeology Month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Indiana archaeology. Various events for all ages are held every September by universities, museums, organizations and individuals throughout Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology coordinates Archaeology Month.

This year’s focus is underwater archaeology because there has been a recent surge of interest in the identification, protection and interpretation of the state’s underwater cultural resources.

Archaeologists have recorded more than 60,000 sites in Indiana since the early 1800s, helping to shape public understanding of the prehistoric and historic peoples who also called this land home.

"Archaeology tells us not only about the past but also sheds light about ourselves today and our future," said Robert E. Carter Jr., DNR director and State Historic Preservation Officer. "Archaeology Month provides a perfect way for Hoosiers to find out how, with programs that are educational, informative and fun."

A schedule of events and additional information for this year’s Archaeology Month is at dnr.IN.gov/historic, or by contacting Amy Johnson at ajohnson@dnr.IN.gov or (317) 232-6982.

The commemorative poster and shirt designs this year feature an array of artifacts and features from underwater archaeological sites in Indiana. Shirts are $6 and can be purchased from the DNR Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200 or toll-free at (877) 463-6367.

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